Brian O’Neill – OT
It may be premature to include a player on this list who has only been in the NFL for two seasons. In that time span, however, Brian O’Neill has started 26 games for the Vikings.
He’s been an absolute fixture on the right side of Minnesota’s line and he has only allowed half a sack during his entire career in the league.
O’Neill has been a very good run blocker, but he has been most impressive as a pass blocker. He’s quick out of his stance and creates a nice wide base that is difficult for edge rushers to get around.
O’Neill has a long way to go though if he’s going to be considered one of the Vikings’ all-time greats. He’ll need to continue to start every single game and he will also need to keep sacks a rare thing when he’s on the field.
Minnesota, as a team, will also need to have plenty of successful seasons and the run game will need to be strong for a long period of time.
The Vikings have had some great offensive linemen in their history. Ron Yary and Korey Stringer are the only two offensive tackles in the team’s Ring of Honor and if O’Neill is to join these legends, he needs to keep his elite play up for the remainder of his current contract and the majority of his next.